Deadliest attack: 23 killed in Israeli bombing in Gaza

An Israeli bombing in Gaza destroyed three buildings and killed 23 people on Sunday. It was the deadliest attack since large-scale fighti...

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  • An Israeli bombing in Gaza destroyed three buildings and killed 23 people on Sunday.
  • It was the deadliest attack since large-scale fighting between Israel and Hamas began.
  • Another 50 people were injured in the attack, according to the Gazan Ministry of Health.

An Israeli bombardment destroyed three buildings and killed 23 people in Gaza on Sunday, according to doctors. It was the deadliest attack since the large-scale fighting began between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas, which governs Palestine, almost a week ago.

Another 50 people were injured in the attack, according to the Gazan Ministry of Health. Rescuers were working in a hurry to remove survivors and bodies from the rubble. The Israeli military said earlier that it had destroyed the home of the top Hamas leader in Gaza, the third such attack in two days.

Deadliest attack: 23 killed in Israeli bombing in Gaza

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23 killed in Israeli bombing of Gaza: deadliest attack. Photo: AP

Israel appears to have redoubled attacks in recent days to inflict as much damage on Hamas as possible, as efforts to mediate a ceasefire accelerate. A US diplomat in the region was trying to defuse tensions, and the United Nations Security Council was scheduled to meet on Sunday.

The army said it attacked the homes of Yehiyeh Sinwar, the highest ranking Hamas leader in the territory, and his brother Muhammad, another prominent member of the group. Israel bombed the home of Khalil al Hayeh, a key member of Hamas’ political wing, on Saturday. Watch a video here.

Attack on Hamas leader

23 killed in bombardment
23 killed in Israeli bombing of Gaza: deadliest attack. Photo: AP

Army spokesman Brigadier General Hidai Zilberman confirmed on military radio the attack on Sinwar’s home in the town of Khan Younis in southern Gaza. The spokesperson said that the house of Sinwar’s brother, Hamas’ head of “logistics and personnel”, had also been destroyed.

The Hamas leadership in Gaza has taken refuge in an unknown location and it is unlikely that any of them were at home at the time of the attacks. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh divides his time between Turkey and Qatar, two states that offer political support to the group.

At least 20 combatants killed

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Photo: AP

Hamas and the armed group Islamic Jihad have acknowledged the deaths of 20 fighters since the attacks began on Monday, while Israel says the death toll is much higher.

The fighting, the worst since the 2014 Gaza War, has claimed the lives of at least 145 Palestinians in Gaza, including 41 children and 23 women. Eight Israelis have died, including a 5-year-old boy and a soldier.

Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes

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23 killed in Israeli bombing of Gaza: deadliest attack. Photo: AP

Hamas and other armed groups have fired some 2,900 rockets at Israel since last Monday, when tensions escalated around a disputed place of worship in Jerusalem and the threat of eviction over dozens of Palestinian families in a nearby neighborhood.

About half of those shells either fell short or were intercepted, according to the Israeli military, although the rockets have reached large cities and caused panic. Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes on the impoverished and confined territory, and has toppled several tall buildings, such as the one that housed The Associated Press offices in Gaza.

New attacks killed at least two people and injured 25

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23 killed in Israeli bombing of Gaza: deadliest attack. Photo: AP

Israeli planes struck several buildings and roads in a vital area of ​​Gaza City on Sunday morning. Images shared by journalists and neighbors showed that the bombing left a crater that cut off one of the main roads to Shifa Hospital, the largest medical center in the territory.

The new attacks killed at least two people and injured 25, including children and women, according to the Health Ministry. Israeli forces did not comment at first.

AP and Al Jazeera building demolished

23 killed in Israeli bombing of Gaza: deadliest attack. Photo: AP

Israel claimed that the building served as part of the group’s “terror infrastructure”. There were no immediate reports on the status of Al Hayeh or victims of the attack. Watch the video of the previous minutes HERE.

Since the beginning of the conflict, Israel has demolished several of the tallest office and residential buildings in Gaza City, arguing that they house Hamas military infrastructure. On Saturday he demolished the 12-story Al Jalaa building, where there were several floors of apartments, in addition to the AP offices, Al Jazeera television and other media.

“The campaign will continue as long as necessary”

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23 killed in Israeli bombing of Gaza: deadliest attack. Photo: AP

“The campaign will continue as long as necessary,” Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a televised address on Saturday. He claimed that Hamas military intelligence personnel were operating in the building.

Israel often cites the presence of Hamas as a reason to bomb some places, such as residential buildings. The army has also accused the armed group of using journalists as human shields, but presented no evidence to back up its claims.

AP: There is no indication that Hamas was in the building.

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23 killed in Israeli bombing of Gaza: deadliest attack. Photo: AP

The AP has worked from that building for 15 years, during which there were three previous wars between Israel and Hamas. In both those conflicts and the current one, the agency’s cameras located in its top-floor office and terrace offered 24-hour live footage showing how militant rockets took off towards Israel and Israeli airstrikes hit the city. city ​​and its surroundings.

“We have no indication that Hamas was in the building or operating in the building,” AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said in a statement. “This is something that we expressly check as best we can. We would never deliberately endanger our journalists. ”

Call of terror

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23 killed in Israeli bombing of Gaza: deadliest attack. Photo: AP

The Army called the owner of the building in the afternoon and warned that there would be an attack in an hour. AP employees and other occupants safely evacuated the property. Soon after, three missiles hit and destroyed the building, causing it to collapse in a huge cloud of dust.

“The world will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today,” Pruitt said. “We are shocked and dismayed that the Israeli Army attacked and destroyed the building that housed the AP office and other news organizations in Gaza.”

A torn town

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23 killed in Israeli bombing of Gaza: deadliest attack. Photo: AP

To the outside world, the images of rocket fire, shelling and angry protests this week in the Middle East might sound familiar. For people in Israel, and especially in the Gaza Strip, they are nothing but routine.

Families fled again or found themselves homeless, torn parents mourned dead children, and journalists evacuated offices before they were destroyed, as the Islamic group Hamas and the Israeli Army tried to harm themselves as much as they could this week, before the fighting escalate or be pressured to reach a ceasefire.

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